Visit a bike-friendly country full of intrigue, beauty and friendliness
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay
Discover Vietnam with a small group of likeminded cyclists
Explore the landscapes and cuisine of Vietnam
Cycle the diverse scenery of this intriguing country
Pedal a fascinating route from south to north
Cycle through a land of rich culture and heritage
Enjoy the well constructed itinerary on this cycle exploration of Vietnam
Spend two blissful nights at this lovely resort

Cycling Vietnam

Duration
14 days
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Experience the real Vietnam by bike from Saigon to Hanoi on a 14-day cycle adventure. You will ride from vibrant Saigon in the south to the chaotic capital of Hanoi in the north on this two-week cycling tour, travelling on tarmac roads through colorful fishing villages, folding rice terraces and mountains cloaked in jungle. The vast shoreline of white sandy beaches is yours to discover along the way, with time to swim in the sea on a tropical island retreat.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    14 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    391.5 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    43.5 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Main Destination
    Ho Chi Minh City
  • Distance
    391.5 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    43.5 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Coastal

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Start Saigon

    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting and absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre Dame Cathedral are within easy walking distance and are highly recommended.

    This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your leader followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.


    • Huong sen Hotel or similar
  2. Day 2Transfer out of the city; cycle to the Cu Chi tunnels

    This morning you will drive out of the city, before riding to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This offers a great introduction to cycling in Vietnam and a chance to fine-tune the bikes. The tunnels were Viet Cong sanctuaries, used by the guerrillas as living quarters and escape routes. The network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km (149mi) of tunnels. Some parts have been widened for tourists, but the tunnels were originally very narrow and it is still necessary to crawl on hands and knees. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine!

    If you prefer not to visit the tunnels you can have an unguided free day in Saigon. Places of interest include: the Emperor of Jade and Giac Lam pagodas, the former Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Hall), Ben Thanh market and the War Remnants Museum.


    • 18.6 miles
    • Huong sen Hotel or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  3. Day 3Cycle towards the coast and drive to Mui Ne

    After an early breakfast, you will head out of Saigon by bus and then start cycling towards the coast. You will hit the backroads and head through tropical fruit and rubber plantations also passing some small fishing villages as you make your way closer to the coast finishing your ride in time for lunch. You then transfer approx. 3 hours to Mui Ne, a tranquil white sand beach where you can witness your first sunset over the Eastern Sea. You will spend approx. 4-5 hours on the bus today.

    • 31.1 miles
    • Sea Links Beach Hotel or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  4. Day 4Cycle to Dalat in the Central Highlands

    You will cycle towards Dalat; the route is undulating with occasional climbs. Along the way, you will pass coffee and tea plantations as well as flower gardens and pine forests as you reach higher altitudes. You will rejoin the bus before the road climbs steeply to the mountain town of Dalat. You will spend approx 3.5 hours on the bus today.

    Dalat is a pleasant hill station, formerly known as Le Petit Paris, and has been described as the most beautiful town in Vietnam. It was favoured by the French for its climate and is now a popular honeymoon resort for the Vietnamese.


    • 37.3 miles
    • Sammy Hotel Dalat or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  5. Day 5Cycle through Bidoup N.P.; to the coast and boat transfer to Whale Island

    Today's ride is predominantly undulating and approximately 30km (18mi) downhill through pine forests and paddy fields as you descend nearly 1,500m (4921ft) travelling through the Bidoup Ba National Park. This area is home to rare pine forests as well as small villages inhabited by the ethnic minority people of the central highlands. Once you arrive at the coast, you will head by bus (approx. 1.5 hours) to the coast near Nha Trang before boarding a boat to your tropical island retreat of Whale Island for the next two nights. Today you can cycle up to 100km (62mi) according to preference.


    • 62.1 miles
    • Whale Island Resort or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  6. Day 6Cruise around islands with seafood lunch and snorkelling

    Having a rest from the bikes today you will get the opportunity to really relax and unwind. You will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and swimming in the turquoise sea before a seafood lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale temple or walk around the island to the viewpoint for a 360-degree view of the stunning mountainous coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand beaches.


    • Whale Island Resort or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  7. Day 7Drive to beautiful Dai Lanh Beach; coastal ride to Quy Nhon

    You will set off early in the morning and ride to the beautiful fishing village of Dai Lanh. A short transfer out of town past the Po Nagar Cham towers brings you to a high point and from here today's ride is predominantly flat. The beautiful beach at Dai Lanh is a perfect place to stop for a swim (if road conditions and time permit) and lunch before continuing by bus around the spectacular coastal cliff road towards the town of Tuy Hoa and on to Quy Nhon. (Approx. 4 hours in the bus today).

    • 55.9 miles
    • Seagull Quy Nhon Hotel or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  8. Day 8Further coastal ride stopping en route at sand dunes; then transfer to Hoi An

    Leaving Quy Nhon you will travel through a new economic zone over the Thi Nai Peninsula and Nhon Hoi Bridge, the longest sea bridge in Vietnam. Getting off your bike, you will visit a market, where it's not unusual to be pulled aside for a photo as this part of the country does not see many western tourists. The coastline features secluded bays, sand dunes and beaches with colourful fishing boats bobbing on the Eastern Sea. You will cycle until you arrive at Phu Ly and then drive to Hoi An. If time permits, you will cycle the last 12km (7.5mi) once you turn off Highway 1 into Hoi An.

    Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-sixteenth Century is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market. You will spend two nights in Hoi An which is also a fantastic place to buy local art or have some clothes tailor-made for you. It's best to bring a picture or a sample of what you want made. Approx. 6 hours on the bus today.

    • 31.1 miles
    • Hoi An River Green Boutique or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  9. Day 9Sightseeing in Hoi An; free afternoon

    This morning you will take a guided walking tour of Hoi An to explore some of the structures of historical significance in the Old Town, including bridges, temples, wells and houses. Those less interested in architecture can cycle the 5km (3.1mi) to the lovely Cua Dai beach or cycle to the Marble Mountains, which are 19km (12mi) from town. These five marble hills, formerly islands, contain many caves, some of which were used as Buddhist (and Viet Cong) sanctuaries.

    Also nearby is My Khe beach, a famous US R & R spot in the war, and Da Nang, where there is a Cham Museum, which despite being in poor condition, is very interesting. It is also possible to visit My Son, one of the most important Cham temple sites in Vietnam where Cham kings were buried as early as the fourth century. Although wartime bombing has destroyed much of the site, there are a number of interesting stone towers and sanctuaries.


    • Hoi An River Green Boutique or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  10. Day 10Ride over the spectacular Hai Van Pass; cycle and drive on to Hue

    Today you will turn north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. The route traverses over the spectacular Hai Van Pass - the 'Pass of the Ocean Clouds'. The views are stunning though those who prefer to avoid the 580m (1902ft) climb can always take a lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top it will all seem worth it as you plummet back to the ocean, then continue through small villages and timeless rural scenes to the outskirts of Hue, from where you will transfer to your city centre hotel. Approx 2.5 hours in the bus today.

    • 49.7 miles
    • Park View Hotel or similar
    • Breakfast and Lunch
  11. Day 11Explore Hue and surroundings by bike and boat; overnight train to Hanoi

    Hue is often claimed to be the cultural and historic centre of Vietnam and there is plenty to see. You will take a guided tour of the city and surrounding tombs. The most memorable site is the citadel, with walls six miles in length: inside are the palaces and halls of the Mandarins, and the remains of the Forbidden Purple City, where only the emperor and his eunuchs and concubines were allowed. You will then take a boat along the Perfume River to the elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors, who ruled Vietnam from Hue. Tu Duc's Tomb is very elaborate and set in beautiful gardens. Along the way, you will visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda was a centre for anti-government protests in the early 1960s and it houses the Austin car that transported a monk, Thich Quang Duc, to Saigon in 1963 where he burned himself in protest against the president. The photograph of his self-immolation was printed in newspapers all around the world. In the afternoon you will board the Reunification Express for the overnight ride to Hanoi, 688km (427mi)  to the north.

    • 15.5 miles
    • Overnight Sleeper Train
    • Breakfast
  12. Day 12Arrive Hanoi; drive to Halong Bay; board boat and cruise/kayak among spectacular limestone formations

    You will usually arrive in Hanoi in the early morning and stop for a local breakfast and a stretch of the legs, before you are met by the bus for an approximate 4-hour drive to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with around 3000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. You will cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to kayak in the sea allowing you to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting) and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. You will overnight on board in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.


    • Overnight Boat
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  13. Day 13Further cruising in Halong Bay; return to Hanoi

    Visit Me Cung cave and enjoy further time to cruise the many islands of Halong Bay. You will then return to Hanoi late afternoon. This charming city contains many beautiful old buildings and the atmosphere is completely different from that of Saigon in the south, mainly due to the much more conservative nature of the North Vietnamese. Also, unlike its industrial counterpart, the centre of Hanoi has a faded charm with broad tree-lined avenues dating from the French period as well as some attractive lakes and pagodas. In the evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.


    • Lenid Hotel or similar
    • Breakfast
  14. Day 14End Hanoi

    For land only clients, the tour ends this morning in Hanoi after breakfast.

    • Breakfast